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Rosh Hashanah Is Coming!

Rosh Hashanah Is Coming!
Tracy Newman By (author)
Viviana Garofoli Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

6.5 X 6.5 in
12 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Jewish
JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner


Introduce young children to Jewish life with Very First Board Books.

Crack the eggs. Hear the sound?
Make this braided challah round.
Rosh Hashanah is coming.

This sweet board book celebrates the Jewish New Year, and is the fourth in Tracy Newman's Jewish holiday series. As Kirkus said of Shabbat is Coming!, a previous book in this series, ". . . the bouncy verse and Garofoli's richly colored, slightly three-dimensional cartoons against canvas-textured background provide a compelling introduction to the weekly celebration."


"This fourth holiday collaboration between Newman and Garofoli (previous books include Shabbat Is Coming! and Hanukkah Is Coming!) delivers a tender sensory introduction to the Jewish New Year. In rhymes with a repeating structure, Newman gently highlights the sounds, sights, and tastes that signal the holiday's imminence ('Golden leaves fall./ Hear the geese call./ Rosh Hashanah is coming'), as well as customs like playing the shofar ('Blow out - not too fast!/ 'Tekiyah!' we'll blast./ Rosh Hashanah is coming'). As in the previous books, Garofoli's crisp-edged, canvas-textured artwork creates an inviting domestic backdrop for the festivities, while leaving the door open for adults to discuss the holiday in greater detail as they read." -- Publisher's WeeklyJournal

"Two young members of an extended family get ready for the Jewish New Year. In single-page scenes, these white youngsters, one with short, blond hair topped with a yarmulke and the other sporting brunette pigtails, make traditional round challah bread, blow a shofar, prepare apples to dip in honey, and don brand-new clothes. The preparations culminate in a candlelit family meal and the children's joyous greeting of the New Year at sundown with the exultation 'Shana Tovah!' Newman's simple, rhymed couplets describe each scene with economy and are punctuated with the repeated refrain, 'Rosh Hashanah is coming.' Garofoli's jewel-toned art, which looks as though she created it using a computer, is pleasingly animated and accessible. A simple and joyous introduction to an important holiday."--Kirkus ReviewsJournal

"Families can usher in the Jewish New Year with this colorful and lively toddler board book, the fifth in the Kar-Ben board book series on Jewish holidays by Tracy Newman and Vivian Garofoli (including 'Shabbat is Coming!' and 'Passover is Coming!'). Young kids braid a round challah, blow the shofar, set out apples and honey, and enjoy a juicy pomegranate as they get ready to celebrate the new year."--JTANewspaper

"Two young children celebrate the Jewish New Year by making a round challah, blowing the shofar, dipping apples in honey, delighting in a juicy pomegranate, putting on new clothes, and enjoying a festive holiday meal with family. As with its predecessors, Shabbat Is Coming! (2014), Hanukkah Is Coming! (2015) and Passover Is Coming! (2016), the detailed computer‐generated, cartoon
illustrations are bright and cheery and rhyming couplets are included on each page followed by
the refrain, 'Rosh Hashanah is coming.' The final spread depicts the children looking out their
window at the starry night sky and concludes: 'Together we cheer: Shana Tova! Happy New Year!
Hurray! Rosh Hashanah is here!' While there is no mention of the family attending synagogue, this
is a nice, fresh addition for holiday board book collections and preschool classrooms."--AJLMagazine

Author Bio

Tracy Newman has written numerous books for children, including Itzhak: A Boy who Loved the Violin, which won a Schneider Family Honor. Her writing inspiration comes from her adventures raising her children. She lives in Connecticut.
Viviana Garofoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She has illustrated more than 70 children's books.